Students listening to a lecture

Listening to a lecture

Listening to lectures

Students in my country have less opportunity to participate and ask a question in lectures. - Sun Jung

Attending lectures will play an important part in your university studies in the UK. The way that lectures are delivered at British universities can vary, depending on the course and on the lecturer's individual style. You may find some differences from the lectures you have attended in your home country.

In these activities you will explore some possible differences between lectures that you have attended in your own country and those that you will attend in the UK.

Activity 1Comparing lectures

Do you expect there to be more differences than similarities between lectures in your country and the UK? In this activity you are going to answer some questions about the lectures that you have attended in your own country and find out what you can expect in the UK.

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Consider each of the questions below and choose the statement which most closely describes lectures that you have attended in your country. Then look at the feedback to find out whether lectures in the UK are likely to be similar or different.

1. How responsible are you for how much you learn during a lecture in your country?

2. How formal are lectures in your country?

3. What type of questions are asked, and when, in lectures in your country?

4. Do you take notes in lectures in your country, and if so for what purpose?

5. What kind of notes do you make during lectures in your country?

Activity 2Listening for clues to help you understand a lecture

You are now going to listen to part of an MBA lecture on Risk Management Infrastructure. The language and style of the lecturer contain various clues that can help you understand how the ideas and information in the lecture are linked together. In this activity you are going to practise learning to recognise clues that can help your understanding of the lecture.

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Listen for the statements on the left, spoken by the lecturer, and think about how they can help your understanding of the whole lecture. Then select a lecture statement from the list and match it with a description of what the lecturer is doing from the list on the right. Check your answers and read the feedback.

Audio transcript (pdf, 13kb).

Listen to the extract again with the transcript above if you need to check your understanding. The parts of the transcript containing the extracts used in the task are highlighted.

Would you like to review the main points?